Nike’s famed N7 collection 10th anniversary is coming up, and to celebrate the sportswear brand is teaming up with Pendleton for a new capsule collection. When it arrives, it will feature designs centered around traditional Navajo storm prints.
Lead designer Tracie Jackson’s involvement with the capsule collection is a full-circle moment. It features a central design pattern that honors her late grandmother, Phoebe Naz, a member of the Black Streaked Wood People of the Navajo Nation.
Naz was an accomplished traditional weaver who taught Jackson the art of rug making even has vision began to slowly fade. The graphic designer credits her grandmother’s influence for steering her into her current profession as a designer for Nike.
“My great-grandmother was still weaving right up until she passed at 92,” says Jackson. “My beginnings with looms, rugs, and blankets all started with my grandmother. First, I learned by herding her sheep on her farm, then by carding and spinning the wool and finally working the loom. Without my great-grandmother, I wouldn’t have learned about my culture, and without my culture, I wouldn’t have been a designer. My family ties are what influence my native identity.”
The collection, when it arrives on November 7, will feature a bevy of notable Nike and Jordan Brand silhouettes draped in Jackson’s designs. The Air Jordan 8, Air Zoom Pegasus 36, Zoom Heritage, Air Force 1 Low and Air Moc will feature Pendleton fabric accents. There will also be matching apparel and a full-size Pendleton blanket, which initially debuted back in 2013. As described by Nike, the colors on each piece are “inspired by the natural dyes used by the Navajo people.” The diamond located in the middle of the design represents “the individual and three.” The arrows or zigzags represent the “three generations before and after.”
Again the collection drops on November 7 and will be available on Nike.com and select retailers. Prices for each sneaker and the apparel has yet to be announced. You can get a detailed look at the kicks in the gallery below.
Photos: Courtesy of Nike